Óbidos Travel Guide

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Óbidos Things to Do

  • Senhor da Pedra

    For almost 50 years that church intrigues me! I read that it has "hexagonal plant" but it really looks round. If we consider the external chapels, then the whole is a sort of triangle. The style is clearly baroque, and I read somewhere that it is unfinished. Anyway, that's a silhouette that always catches our attention any time we look around from...

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  • Santa Maria's church

    Presumed as a Visigothic construction, the church was transformed in a mosque under Arabic occupation. After Christian conquering, in 1148, it was dedicated to Santa Maria. It was reconstructed in the XVI century in Renaissance style, acquiring the look that it still keeps. Nothing very important happened there until 30 years ago, when my brother...

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  • The Town

    "Once the wedding present of a queen, the preserved medieval town of Obidos lying 100 km north of Lisbon is without doubt one of Portugal's most classic walled settlements. Walking the ramparts, visitors can enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands. In the residential area below, narrow cobblestone streets are lined with...

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  • Books! Wine! Vegetables!

    A bookshop is a bookshop is a bookshop? No. Definitely not this one. It's more like a hall filled with a somewhat arbitrary array of books, all of which are displayed in boxes which are stacked on the walls. Add to this a few chairs in the middle of the room, a few tables with more books and, surprisingly, food and drink which can also be bought....

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  • Walk on the walls

    A small town which still retains its complete city walls - that's a rarity even for Portuguese standards. Óbidos, however, is still completely surrounded by its defensive walls, and best of all, you can walk on top of them and surround the whole town yourselves! A complete walk will take you approximately 30 minutes, not including the time for the...

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  • Rua Direita

    Given that it's Óbidos' main axis, Rua Direita seemed very calm to us. Okay, there were lots of souvenir shops on the sides, but for whatever reason the hordes of tourists you normally expect in the main streets of popular places were missing. We could stroll along the lovely street at our own pace, snap a photograph of this nice house and that...

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Óbidos Restaurants

  • Great snacks in the shade of old trees

    It's this special atmosphere of a few tables placed under the old plane trees plus the fact that a huge barrel of oranges stood next to the tables that made us eat here. Esplanada de Santa Maria offers some snacks, e.g. sandwiches or the soup of the day, which were freshly made in the little hut that makes up the heart and soul of the cafe. It's no...

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  • For a drink

    Just outside the eastern walls, there's a picturesque bar, with a secret drink.The bar is called "Mole" in Portuguese, and the reason is easy to understand, when, entering the bar, you will have to go down a narrow and steep staircase to the basement, a real mole's cave, wit a few small cozy rooms. The service includes all the common drinks and...

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  • Off the beaten path

    If you need a quick and cheap meal on the road, about two kilometers south of Obidos, in the old road to Lisbon and Peniche, you have this restaurant, with fast food prices and regular Portuguese and international food quality.It's a popular and common place, with serious but not very elaborated cuisine, and a discreet but efficient service, and if...

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Óbidos Nightlife

  • Toupeiro

    There is not much to do at night in Obidos, but what we have is good. In a beautiful typical house, in the center of town but outside the walls, you descent to the basement, where a few small rooms allow you to sit and have a drink. Ginginha (with or without chocolate cup) is a common solution, but you may also order a Toupeiro (mole). This light...

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  • Serene History

    Pick a calm night (hot or cold, it's the same, it's only a matter of coat or not). Take your time, and walk along the narrow streets of Obidos. You will find out that the beauty seen by day gets another expression with the discrete and balanced illumination. If in summer, crowds will pass by you with the noisy happiness of the good moments. In...

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  • For a light meal

    A nice bar, in a very beautiful spot, under an arch. Inside, they try to match medieval decoration, not too well succeeded, but the ambiance is good. It has all the common typical drinks, and serves "tapas" where several kind of sausages and more may be chosen.

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Óbidos Transportation

  • Get the train to Óbidos

    The Óbidos train station is just 15 minutos on foot from the village.Don't take it too late, because it is located on a lonely place, avoid to pick the train during the night (belive me, you'll fell unconfortable on the train stop).you can check the prices and the train schedule in the website.

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  • Easy bus ride from Lisbon

    For those without their own form of transportation, Óbidos is an easily accessible day trip from Lisbon by bus. Take the metro to Campo Grande station. Upon exiting the metro station, various bus stops line the street. The Rapida Verde sign will take you roundtrip to/from Óbidos. The website is in Portuguese, but lists the departure/arrival times.

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  • Bus from Lisbon to Óbidos

    Buses leave from Campo Grande Station (outside underground Station) in Lisbon and arrive in central Óbidos. Trip takes about one hour.Please select:SERVIÇO - RÁPIDASORIGEM (Origin)DESTINO (Destination)MAIS INFORMAÇÕES (More information) - To get a full timetable.For return trip timetable, click on "VER HORÁRIO DE VOLTA"TranslationPartida -...

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Óbidos Shopping

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  • SHOPPING IN OBIDOS

    Local crafts, delicacies and liquers abound in the Various traditional shops which line the main street in Obidos - "Rua Direita". You will find the famed local drink "Ginjinha, a sweet brandy liquer made with local cherries.My favourite was the little towels with pictures of the "rooster" - Portugal's symbolAlso many beautiful and colourful...

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  • Ceramics for sale

    Widely available, there are several shops in downtown Óbidos that will make the delights of any Ceramics lover.Visitors will find traditional regional Ceramics from various portuguese towns, such as the traditional "blues" from Alcobaça, also the traditional from Coimbra, the terracotta from Alentejo and even the "portuguese rooster" from...

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  • Hand Painted Tile > the Portuguese...

    Hand Painted Tile > the Portuguese Monarchic Flag (motif). € 30 euros.Contrary to current Portugal's Republican Flag whose predominate colours are Red & Green, the last Portuguese Monarchic Flag, which was official until 1910, had Blue & White as its predominate colors.I confess I like the Monarchic flag most. :)

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Óbidos Local Customs

  • Chocolate Fair

    March is marked in Obidos by a new event, that is becoming a strong attraction - a chocolate fair. All kind of qualities, artistic demonstrations and cultural animation fill Obidos with many thousand visitors.PS - Some people start complaining that paying 5 € just to... buy chocolate, is too much. Aren't we in crisis or not, after all?

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  • Chocolate cup

    "Ginginha" is popular in Portugal, but Obidos as a special detail - you may drink it by a chocolate cup, that tastes very well at the end. Do you believe that, despite this originality, they are trying to design an exclusive Obidos glass for ginginha?

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  • Christmas Village

    Obidos means... animation, and in December, Christmas is a natural theme. Several amusements, mainly with kids in mind, give life to a lively city. The problem is that, sometimes, the mild Portuguese weather forgets to come, and the artificial snow doesn't look so artificial after all.

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Óbidos Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking

    Parking in the city is possible, but moving inside it is complex and with many restrictions. The best option is to use the parks south of the city; the closest one costing 0.60 € per hour, the other free of charge.

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  • Shoes

    Obidos is small, but the narrow streets are steep, and the cobblestone pavement is not the best walking solution. To save the pleasure of walking around, you'd better be prepared with comfortable walking shoes

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  • Vertigo

    It's a challenge, to climb the narrow steps to the walls! But, be careful - though large enough to a safe walk, the walkway along the walls is narrow and unprotected. I needed, once, to hold a french friend and help him in his way back, when he realized that he shouldn't face the risk. Believe me, that walking doesn't add much to the safe visit...

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Óbidos Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Shops

    This medieval town has evolved into a town catered to tourists. Everywhere you look there is a tourist shop. However, the medieval structure remains. To make it more enjoyable, look around the inside of the shops because they have not changed the height of the ceilings or the doorways.

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  • In reality, Obidos is a tourist trap

    The entire village of Obidos has become a tourist trap. Although the village still maintains its charming nature, there are hordes of tourists that day-trip here every day of the year. Its proximity to Lisbon makes it one of the most popular day trips. Independent travelers and organized tour participants alike all head here, and by noontime the...

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  • Over priced shops

    I’d risk saying that all shops on main street are over priced. Being such a touristy destination, the arts crafts shops on main street have increased their prices and you will probably pay more than you should for most things you buy. Some of them pretend to be arts craft but they are manufactured in factories and you may find loads of them...

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Óbidos Off The Beaten Path

  • Exhibitions

    A former cellar in Gaeiras is now the place to regular artistic events. Only four kilometers out of main town, it is a nice stop, so be attempt to the advertising to see what is on there during your visit.

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  • Gaeiras - Intro

    I didn't find Gaeiras in VT. Following the staff's instructions I decided to post in the closer city, which is... Obidos. One day, all these notes and tips should be moved to the right place.Well... I found it. VT identifies it as Gaieiras, and the tips are being moved and added, however, as Gaeiras belongs to Obidos, this note may stay here,...

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  • Lagoon of Obidos

    Not far from Obidos there's a lagoon with the same name, communicating with the sea, that once extended to near the town. Now it occupies a much smaller area, but it is still considerable. For further details see my Foz do Arelho page.

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Óbidos Sports & Outdoors

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    by Elisabeth1 Written Dec 15, 2008

    I was recently in Obidos to play golf and it was simply a wonderfull experience! The weather was great and the golf courses are out of range!
    My number one is the Praia d'El Rey Golf Course, with beautifull sea views and great maintenance. Quite challenging though! I stayed in the Marriott there and the experience was positive eventhough food & beverages prices are over exagerated.
    A new golf course, Bom Sucesso, was very interesting. Nice to play, less technicall than the Praia d'El rey but with a wide variety of challenges and different holes patterns. I played as well the CampoReal golf Course (nice Westin hotel there) and Golden Eagle.
    I would recommend to stay 3 or 4 nights there for golfing and of course visiting Obidos and enjoy quiet Portuguese countryside!

    My web references:
    Praia d'El Rey hotel: http://www.portugalgolf.net/en/?sec=hotels&id=3465&it=center
    Obidos: http://www.portugalgolf.net/en/?sec=portugal&id=2491

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Óbidos Favorites

  • Timings

    Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazaré and Obidos are so close that it is common to put them all in a single day trip from Lisbon. Of course, things must be seen in a rush, and those who like to feel the places at ease and with time may get disappointed. Among all those places, the ones that may demand more time are Nazaré and Obidos.In a VT meeting I planned...

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  • Flowers

    Obidos has become a top destination, and it is visited all days, all year around. If you may choose your visiting time, do it in spring - You will escape the summer crowds that fill each street, shop or bar, and will see the place with the colours of the bloomy flowers planted everywhere.

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  • City animation

    For decades Obidos was only a very beautiful place. Now, Obidos keeps being a very beautiful place where many things happen. Initiative and good taste invite thousands to several events all year around. For instance, the chocolate festival: the castle is there, chocolate is delicious, and when February allows a mild day or evening it's hard to get...

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